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Since "Motorola Software Update" decided to download Nougat OTA without asking my opinion, I declared a war. But the weapons I use are broken.

Withot su:

shell@athene:/ $ pm disable com.motorola.ccc.ota
Error: java.lang.SecurityException: Permission Denial: attempt to 
change component state from pid=22598, uid=2000, package uid=10009

With su:

1|shell@athene:/ $ su
root@athene:/ # pm disble com.motorola.ccc.ota
Error: Could not access the Package Manager.  Is the system running?

How can I disable this app?

I wouldn't like to rm the app entirely (if possible), have everything system-less so far. If relevant, I am using Moto G4 with Marshmallow.

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    Maybe you just didn't remount you system partition before disabling? – Suncatcher Apr 12 '17 at 6:35
  • @Suncatcher Good idea, but... I can only remount system in superuser session, and pm doesn't work in it. Superusers have either separate mount namespaces or share it with init. I cannot see a way to make system rw for unprivileged user. Maybe I miss something? :\ – Art Apr 12 '17 at 11:46
  • You can try to remount inline with adb shell su -c "mount -o remount,rw /system" and then run pm, however I am not sure it will work. – Suncatcher Apr 12 '17 at 12:08
  • It throws exactly the same exception :( – Art Apr 12 '17 at 12:12
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To stop OTA updates (and notifications) on Moto devices, you don't use Package Manager, you will need to "freeze" the service...

Google Play Store has many apps that will allow you to 'freeze' the OTA Update service. Titanium Backup is a common example.

Alternatively, with a 'root access' file explorer, you can delete or rename the following files:

/system/etc/security/otacerts.zip
/system/priv-app/3c_ota/3c_ota.apk

These additional files can be removed or renamed: (If you still get an OTA Update notification)

/system/priv-app/3c_checkin/3c_checkin.apk
/system/priv-app/3c_devicemanagement/3c_devicemanagement.apk
/system/priv-app/3c_notification/3c_notification.apk

Reference

  • AFAIK Titanium Backup uses exactly pm disable to "freeze" an app, so it shouldn't work either. Ended up making a backup and just renaming the OTA app :( I guess I just won't find a nicer solution. Neat idea with removing the certificates btw. – Art Apr 12 '17 at 1:19
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Looking at

With su:

1|shell@athene:/ $ su
root@athene:/ # pm disble com.motorola.ccc.ota
Error: Could not access the Package Manager.  Is the system running?

I've noticed that there is a spelling error in the "disable" The original statement says "disble". This message is just FYI.

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